For Memorial Day, Some Common Sense About Our Common Purpose

“Will our Republic survive?” It is a fitting question for Memorial Day. For, as Abraham Lincoln noted in his Gettysburg Address, “It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced.” The work of preserving our freedom is

By | 2017-05-29T18:49:05+00:00 May 29th, 2017|

To Hell in a Handmaid’s Basket

Unlike Norm Macdonald, I enjoyed Hulu’s The Handmaid’s Tale. But then again, I’m a sucker for dystopian stories. From Animal Farm, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World, to Kafka’s The Trial, dystopian narrative plumbs the visceral fear that individuals have in response to the rise of the modern state, especially as the

By | 2017-05-30T03:48:41+00:00 May 29th, 2017|

Trump, Pope Have Opportunity to Forge Meaningful Alliance

When the pope and the president meet in the Apostolic Palace — the official residence of the pope in Vatican City — this Wednesday, they will be setting a much-needed example for a nation convulsed by post-election tantrums. Conservative speakers are disinvited on college campuses, conservative professors become objects of career-ending derision, the

By | 2017-05-27T17:13:42+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

Memo from Manchester: Don’t Let the Swamp Win on Immigration

The excruciating facts keep on coming in. Twenty-two are dead, many of them children. About five dozen others are wounded, such that the death-toll may climb. The Islamic State jihadist network, having exhorted its willing Western-based recruits to attack in place, has claimed responsibility. And now comes the revelation that the suicide-terrorist, Salman

By | 2017-05-26T21:22:32+00:00 May 23rd, 2017|

No Sanctuary for the Truly Vulnerable in California

Even as the nation is taking a decided step away from the leftward thrust of the last eight years in our politics, we Californians—who have already legalized and financed abortion on demand and last year sanctioned so-called “assisted suicide”—are turning our attention to discovering new means and new victims of this misguided and

By | 2017-05-14T14:44:07+00:00 April 26th, 2017|

Last Chance for France

This most unique society, which evolved gradually over millennia, with each successive generation safeguarding and conveying to future generations the distinctive patrimony of its peoplehood, is now in danger of being inundated in the tidal wave of a hostile, alien culture, which has no intention whatsoever to assimilate to the nation of France.

By | 2017-05-14T14:59:47+00:00 April 22nd, 2017|

Activists Appropriate Holiday Spirit for Political Purposes

It’s the same, every year. If our most cherished holidays aren’t denigrated falsely as pagan anachronisms, they’re indicted as examples of naked consumerism. As Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or even Easter and Christmas roll around, one can reliably count on the chorus of cynics ever ready with limitless reserves of smug

By | 2017-05-14T15:01:32+00:00 April 20th, 2017|

Crime, the Gallows, and Trump

  In Henry Fielding’s novel Tom Jones, one Ensign Northerton quarrels with our hero and, without warning, deals him a seemingly mortal blow. Placed under arrest, the assailant begins to consider the consequences of his crime. Fielding writes that Northerton: had a great antipathy to those close winter quarters in the Castle of

By | 2017-05-14T15:05:40+00:00 April 13th, 2017|